Monsanto's Genetically Engineered Seeds are Ruining Farmers Lives
Mar 2, 2009
Monsanto Corporation, has a history of manufacturing products that have brought widespread devastation to society and the environment. Agent Orange caused horrible side effects in American soldiers that fought in Vietnam and the birth defects of the Vietnamese that were exposed to the substance are chilling at best. Monsanto has a long history of pollution practices bordering on criminal behavior bordering on history of dubious practices for example, the dumping of PBC's in Anniston Alabama, and the company's corresponding denial and cover up of same.
Indian farmers that bought seeds from Monsanto are finding themselves completely bound by cycle of debt and dependence. Farmers are wheedled into buying Monsanto seed by the use of celebrity marketing. The seed is priced at least 10 times more expensive than non Monsanto seed. Indian crops are failing due to defects in the seed. The farmers then find themselves in unmeasurable debt and large numbers of them are committing suicide as a result. Indian farmers have also joined a lawsuit against Monsanto alleging that their products are causing widespread harm to India's biodiversity and farmlands. It looks as if the company is seeking to maintain and maybe even strengthen the reputation gained in Vietnam.
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Monsanto Corporation was founded in 1901 and is currently led by CEO Hugh Grant. The company has locations in countries all over the world and is currently headquartered in St. Louis Missouri. Monsanto has produced such chemicals as aspartame, agent orange, a herbicide used in Vietnam that has caused widespread illness and birth defects; PCB's, DDT, and Bovine Growth Hormones. Today their top selling products are Roundup herbicide, DEKALB and Agrow seed products and biotechnological traits. In 2007, the companies posted profits of 1.06 billion and they currently employ over 17,000 people.